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Hazleton Area's Khrista Baran, left, knocks the ball away from Lake-Lehman's Tracy Snyder as Kirsten Cope watches from behind in WVC field hockey action in Lehman Township on Monday night.
Hazleton Area's Khrista Baran, left, knocks the ball away from Lake-Lehman's Tracy Snyder as Kirsten Cope watches from behind in WVC field hockey action in Lehman Township on Monday night.
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LEHMAN TWP. — Madison Reed had the game of her life and her Hazleton Area teammates made sure Reed’s goals would stand, as the Cougars clinched a home game in the District 2 tournament with a 2-1 victory at Lake-Lehman in WVC field hockey Monday night.

The win moved Hazleton Area (9-4) a half-game ahead of Coughlin (9-5) in the Class 3A race. The Crusaders had lost earlier Monday to Holy Redeemer, 1-0 in overtime.

With Hazleton Area having the tiebreaker — the Cougars won their regular season matchup 1-0 on Sept. 13 — the district semifinal will be on the turf at Harman-Geist Stadium instead of the grass of Coughlin’s Guthrie Field.

“You bet. I can’t tell you how big that is,” Hazleton Area coach Mary Kelly said of having home field advantage for the semifinal. “We knew it was on the line.”

Kelly’s Cougars, though, did not.

“They just found out,” Kelly said after her team’s win. “That was the big cheer you heard in our huddle.”

The Cougars still have one league game remaining, against Class 2A sixth seed Wyoming Area on Friday, as well as a home tilt tonight against Southern Columbia from District 4.

Thanks to Reed, the outcome of those games doesn’t matter for seeding.

Reed scored twice in 10 minutes for the first two-goal game of her career.

“She played a really great game,” Kelly said of Reed, also noting her efforts on the defensive end. “She played both sides of the ball really well tonight.”

Hazleton Area had just one penalty corner to 14 for the Black Knights, but the Cougars made it count. Reed sent the injection pass out to Selena Garzio at the top of the arc. Garzio’s blast was stopped by Lehman keeper Tiffany Malinowski, but Reed stepped in from the post to slam home the rebound for a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

In the opening minute of the second half, Reed again charged into traffic and pounced on a rebound. After a Malinowski save, Reed flicked the ball elbow high to the glove side, wrapping the shot just inside the far post for her fifth of the season and a two-goal advantage.

“Their 17 (Garzio) is a beautiful player,” Lake-Lehman coach Jean Lipski said. “She makes a lot happen for them. They move to the ball well, and we let them do that in the beginning of the game.”

After scuffling through their first seven corners, Lehman increased its sense of urgency down the stretch, earning seven corners and finally getting on the scoreboard.

Kirsten Cope tracked down a Hazleton Area clearing attempt and spun back toward the Cougars’ 25-yard line. Cope played the ball ahead to Korri Wandel, who found a seam to get a pass into the circle where Katie Supey was charging toward the goal.

Supey ripped a shot past a diving Kaitlyn McHugh for her fourth goal of the season.

“If we had played the whole game like we did the last eight minutes, we wouldn’t have had to worry about the clock,” Lipski said of her team’s late rally. “I hope this young team learns from this loss. Every game is a step forward for them.”

The loss sends Lake-Lehman into a bunch of teams awaiting their seeding in the District 2 Class 2A tournament. The Black Knights are tied with Dallas and Holy Redeemer, all of which have 9-4-1 league records. The teams will be seeded third through fifth in the tourney once the tiebreakers are sorted out.

Holy Redeemer 1, Coughlin 0, OT

Mallory Kusakavitch scored her second goal of the season on a reverse chip shot in overtime to lead Holy Redeemer to a win over the Crusaders.

Holly Slowik made six saves for the Royals for her sixth shutout of the season. With the win, Holy Redeemer is bunched with Dallas and Lake-Lehman for the third through fifth seeds in the upcoming District 2 Class 2A tournament, with tiebreakers to determine final spots.

M’Kensie Lee stopped six shots for the Crusaders, who fell to the third seed in the Class 3A district tourney with the loss.

Meyers 1, Hanover Area 0

Meyers’ Bri DiMaggio tabbed the game’s only goal, her 14th of the season, off a penalty corner with 6:56 remaining in regulation.

The win keeps the Mohawks’ Division 2 title hopes alive.

Hanover Area’s Haylee Bobos made four saves.

Honesdale 1, Nanticoke 0

The Hornets’ Bailey Martin launched the game-winning goal with 4:03 left on the clock.

Martin’s second goal of the season clinched a Class 3A playoff berth for Honesdale. Mackenzie Jackson made one save for second shutout of the year.

Maddy O’Donahue totaled eight saves for Nanticoke, which will play Wyoming Seminary in the Class 2A quarterfinal.

Northwest 1, Elk Lake 0

Liz Gurzynski gave Northwest the victory with a goal from Olivia Magni at the 19:48 mark in the second half. Olivia Piestrak made one save for her fifth shutout of the season.

Brooke Seamans had eight saves for the Warriors.

Crestwood 9, Abington Heights 0

Crestwood scored all nine of its goals in the first half. Daniella Callaghan (eight goals this season) and Hunter Pitman (14) each contributed two goals.

Hannah Ackers had a career-best four assists. Dallas Kendra and Kellie Kalada combined for a shutout, the 10th this season for Crestwood.

Claire Notarianni made 22 saves for Abington Heights.

Wyo. Valley West 6, Lack. Trail 2

Megan Kane (eight goals this season) and Danielle Grega (19) scored two goals each to pace Wyoming Valley West.

Alex Gonda added a goal and three assists as she and Grega both extended their points streaks to seven games.

Lackawanna Trail awaits the outcome of the Wallenpaupack at Delaware Valley game Tuesday to determine the final Class 3A playoff spot.

Wyoming Seminary 1, Wyoming Area 0, OT

Rebecca Weinstock scored her fourth goal of the season in the ninth minute of overtime to lift the Blue Knights to the No. 2 seed in the District 2 Class 2A tourney.

Mackenzie Gagliardi posted her eighth shutout.

Wyoming Area is the sixth seed in the Class 2A tournament. The Warriors’ opponent is still to be determined.


Hazleton Area 2, Lake-Lehman 1

Hazleton Area`1`1`—`2


First half — 1. HAZ, Madison Reed (Selena Garzio), 8:59. Second half — 2. HAZ, Reed, 29:06; 3. LEH, Katie Supey (Korri Wandel), 3:57.

Shots — HAZ 10; LEH 11. Saves — HAZ 10 (Kaitlyn McHugh); LEH 7 (Tiffany Malinowski). Penalty corners — HAZ 1; LEH 14.

Holy Redeemer 1, Coughlin 0 (OT)


Holy Redeemer`0`0`1`—`1

Overtime — 1. HR, Mallory Kusakavitch, 4:03

Shots — COU 8; HR 11. Saves — COU 6 (M’Kensie Lee); HR 6 (Holly Slowik). Penalty corners — COU 7; HR 4

Meyers 1, Hanover Area 0

Hanover Area`0`0`—`0


Second period— 1. MEY, Bri DiMaggio, 6:56

Shots — HAN 0; MEY 6. Saves — HAN 4 (Haylee Bobos); MEY 0 (Sabrina Robertson). Penalty corners — HAN 2; MEY 3

Honesdale 1, Nanticoke 0



Second period— 1. HON, Bailey Martin (Olivia Friboletto), 11:49

Shots — HON 9; NAN 6. Saves — HON 1 (Mackenzie Jackson); NAN 8 (Maddy O’Donahue). Penalty corners — HON 9; NAN 4

Northwest 1, Elk Lake 0


Elk Lake`0`0`—`0

Second period— 1. NW, Liz Gurzynski (Olivia Magni), 19:48

Shots — NW 11; EL 2. Saves — NW 1 (Olivia Piestrak); EL 8 (Brooke Seamans). Penalty corners — NW 10; EL 8

Crestwood 9, Abington Heights 0


Abington Heights`0`0`—`0

First period— 1. CRE, Marissa Surdy (Maury Cronauer), 20:12; 2. CRE, Ashley Thomas (Surdy), 19:39; 3. CRE, Elizabeth Dessoye (Hannah Ackers), 17:55; 4. CRE, Hunter Pitman (Dessoye), 11:53; 5. CRE, Cronauer (Morgan Kile), 11:03; 6. CRE, Danielle Callaghan (Ackers), 7:37; 7. CRE, Callaghan (Ackers), 6:10; 8. CRE, Pitman (Ackers), 3:51; 9. CRE, Kellie Mickowski, :47.

Shots — CRE 36; AH 2. Saves — CRE 2 (Dallas Kendra 2, Kellie Kalada); AH 22 (Claire Notarianni). Penalty corners — CRE 10; AH 0

Wyo. Valley West 6, Lackawanna Trail 2

Lackawanna Trail`0`2`—`2

Wyo. Val. West`4`2`—`6

First period— 1. WVW, Julia Usefara (Alex Gonda), 23:49; 2. WVW, Danielle Grega (Megan Kane), 18:46; 3. WVW, Kane (Haley Gayoski), 3:53; 4. WVW, Grega (Gonda), 0:14; Second period— 5. LT, Daria Lewandowski (Nicole Rosa), 5:38; 6. WVW, Kane (Gonda), 4:16; 7. WVW, Gonda (Kane), 2:10; 8. LT, not available, 0:01.

Shots — LT 4, WVW 21. Saves — LT 18 (Sarah Weisensluh), WVW 6 (Alicia Moore). Penalty corners — LT 4, WVW 6.

Wyo. Seminary 1, Wyoming Area 0, OT

Wyoming Seminary`0`0`1`—`1

Wyoming Area`0`0`0`—`0

Overtime — 1. SEM, Rebecca Weinstock (Mallory Lefkowitz), 5:50.

Shots — SEM 19; WA 10. Saves — SEM 7 (Mackenzie Gagliardi); WA 15 (Christina Granteed). Penalty corners — SEM 24, WA 4.

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